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Senior Mental Health Nurse

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year
Closing date
28 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Trinity Ward is a 16 bedded Female Acute Inpatient Ward serving the Southampton area. We promote nurses to have a powerful voice within MDT with a continuous drive for improvement by staff.

To help our staff thrive, we offer regular, good quality supervision, appraisals, in-depth training and development opportunities.

This is an excellent and exciting opportunity for the right candidate to become involved in the continuous development of a proactive and forward-thinking team. This post holder will be an expert practitioner, and a source of expert advice. Are you an experienced band 5, with sound clinical knowledge, and conducts themselves as a positive role model, who leads by example? Are you already practicing as a charge nurse who demonstrates personal integrity, with high clinical standards, and is looking to further develop professionally, or take on a new challenge. We are seeking keen and motivated professionals who enjoys working in a fast-paced environment with a can do attitude. There has never been a more exciting time to join our team as we are currently in the process or transforming and developing this service, which is something you could be part of. We are looking for people who are creative in how they engage and support people with complex needs. We have a real commitment to ensuring the highest standard of quality care delivery. As part of our team, you will be supporting quality improvements and initiatives that will enhance the patient experience.

Main duties of the job

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the nursing care needs of a specific group of service users.

To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students

To manage the clinical area on a shift by shift basis.

To lead the care for a specified group of service users.

To participate in the recruitment, deployment and management of staff.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

To lead the clinical management of a designated group of service users.

To allocate and support individuals with work and review progress as agreed outcomes.

To co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of person centred healthcare to a designated group of service users, using complex clinical decision making where appropriate.

To work as a member of the MDT in assessing and planning care and responding to changes in service users' health.

To ensure provision of the necessary physical care to help service users ie: personal hygiene, diet and fluid intake, clothing and laundry, personal environment, manual handling, elimination, maintaining rest and sleep and activity, physical observations.

To act in a manner to respect the customs, individuality, values, sexuality and spiritual beliefs, actively supporting the individual to fulfil these.

To ensure provision of therapeutic activities, emotional support and stability to clients to ensure effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

To create, develop and maintain professional supportive relationships with all members of staff with other professionals and agencies to enhance recovery.

To ensure prescribed physical observations are undertaken as follows: blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respirations, blood sugars, urinalysis, weight and height and act upon exceptions appropriately

To accurately record all contacts with service users in case notes in line with HPT record keeping policy.

To ensure effective communication with clients, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others.

To ensure that all communication takes place in a manner that is consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.

To develop measures to improve communications where barriers exist

To ensure that consent to intervention or assessment is sought in a manner that is meaningful to the service user.

To communicate with people in a manner that is consistent with their level of understanding, culture and background

To lead the development, maintenance and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research and service performance.

To identify, implement and evaluate, with others, areas for potential service improvement and to agree further action

To develop, with others, measures for service standards, including benchmarking, and to identify areas for potential service improvement.

To contribute to the maintenance, monitoring and implementation of service standards and policies.

To promote shared decision making with service user/relatives/carers, as appropriate, involvement in all aspects of their care.

To contribute and make suggestions to the improvement of services.

To identify issues of concern at work and alerting appropriate personnel

To present a positive image of the team, service and trust.

To work effectively in own team and as part of the whole organisation..

To ensure the availability of clinical supervision and preceptorship

To ensure structures are in place for effective appraisal, personal development and performance management and audit these regularly

To assess and plan care in a manner that is consistent with the Evidence based practice, policies and procedures and the management of risk

To understand the range of risks potentially faced by the service user group

Work in partnership with others to identify and assess the nature, location and seriousness of the particular risks

To recognise potential crisis situations and act responsively and responsibly, to resolve the situation seeking assistance if required.

To contribute to the CPA process and support service users and others through that process.

To be aware of the potential for vulnerability and abuse amongst the service users/families and using the local policy to inform appropriate personnel in line with safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and HPT Policies.

To follow the HPT Lone Working Policy ensuring that home visiting, and any autonomous activity is effectively reported and logged.

Works with other members of the multi-agency team to plan, monitor and review the effectiveness of the risk management plan

To take all possible precautions to safeguard the welfare and safety of staff, service users, visitors and the public, by implementing all policies related to health, safety, security and risk.

To ensure the safe custody of all patients in accordance with their

leave status as defined by the Responsible Medical Officer. This includes the supervision of patients within the unit, grounds and community.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse Qualification
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Mentorship Qualification
Experience Essential
  • In depth post qualification experience of working in an acute mental health setting
  • Experience of working in a Charge Nurse role

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